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Overwhelmed and Overstimulated? You need to look at it differently.

I get overwhelmed and overstimulated constantly, even writing this article. That’s right, this very second I’m overstimulated and overwhelmed with everything and that is ok. It was something that I would get afraid of really, the circuit overload in my head that would have me spiral out of control and get into a hole that I didn’t want to come out of.

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Now, it’s different. When I feel like this, even when I am in it as I am right now, I know that I can get out of it, because I’m choosing to feel like that, I am choosing to feel overwhelmed. I am choosing to feel overstimulated.

That sounds preposterous, however when I do feel that, I have learned and taught myself to stop and take a step back. Look at what I am feeling objectively. See what had been causing the feeling, where did it come from. Then I go back in and chose to feel something else.

It’s not easy to do, you don’t learn how to do it overnight, but over time, you learn how to do it. You choose to feel overwhelmed, overstimulated, even with my ADHD brain not being wired like the neurotypical brain, I choose to not feel overwhelmed, I choose to feel calm. I choose to not feel overstimulated, I choose to feel serene.

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What does this have to do with photography? EVERYTHING! It has to do with everything, not just photography. It keeps me realizing that I don’t have to be in a place of negativity or frustration. Changing how you feel and how you approach your current feelings will literally change everything.

Stefan Glazer the Professional Amateur
Stefan Glazer the Professional Amateur

Photographer, Artist, Pug Dad, Podcast Host, Teacher, Friend

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